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Tweedledum and Dumber

Hip to the Future

High Society

Pride & Prejudice

Weekend Warrior

Bad Bio-Rad

Don't Fence Me In

War Cries

Heavy Petting

Pass the Lube

Obit: Lance Loud

Living Spoof

Babes in Tube-Land

Altered States

A Tell-All About T Cells

Quick Draw


KS Dating

Cancer Count


Let's Roll...Back!

Scumbag Humbug

Editor's Letter


Larry's Lease on Life

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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April 2002


by Cindra Feuer

In January, a Knight-Ridder reporter blanketed the nation with his byline under the headline "AIDS Cases May Be on the Rise After Seven Years of Decline." Poring over preliminary data from the CDC, Seth Borenstein spied an 8 percent increase from 38,864 in 2000 to 42,008 in 2001. Then he called around for predictably dark comments about unsafe sex. What he didn't do was check his facts with the CDC. The feds fired off a letter debunking the hype, dismissing the numbers as "provisional weekly data, not a reliable indicator of trends." Adding insult to injury, the stats are a running count of HIV transmissions, not AIDS diagnoses. Nor had they been adjusted for duplicates and other errors. But the CDC, for its part, is throwing more attitude than light: All officials will share with POZ is that HIV rates remain at a steady 40,000 -- as they have for seven years.

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